Monday, October 03, 2011

Help Me: I've Been Urbanized - preview of documentary from Director of Helvetica among 80 events on October calendar

We just posted the October Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events yesterday, and already we're adding.  The big addition is an advanced screening of Urbanized, the new documentary from the director of Helvetica, which explores the question, "Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it?" and offers up a massive, star-studded cast including Amanda Burden, Ricky Burdett, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer and the five marvelous pretzels.

Urbanized plays at the Music Box on Sunday the 9th at 7:00 p.m., and it's only one of what's now approaching 80 great events in October.  Just today, Tuesday the 4th, we've got the 3,300 meter Strait of Messina Bridge discussed at this month's Structural Engineers Association of Illinois dinner meeting, at the Cliff Dwellers, and a 6:00 p..m. panel discussion at the Chicago Architecture Foundation in conjunction with its new Design on the Edge exhibition, with everyone from Darryl Crosby to Jeanne Gang, John Ronan, Stanley Tigerman and five other leading Chicago architects.

Want more?  We've got Maya Lin, Millennium Park, architects doing other things, Sharon Haar and The City as Campus, Stanley Allen and Juhani Pallasmaa at IIT, Kees Christiaanse and John McMorrough at UIC, Carolyn Armenta Davis discussing Germany's Black Architects, Arup's Ryan Biziorek on Modeling Sound in Space, a tour of the EnV TowerJohn Tshirch on McKim, Mead &; White's Isaac Bell House, Ben Weese receiving AIA Chicago's Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Designight.

Take a breath,  OK.  There's a Bertrand Goldberg-Contemporary Perspectives symposium at the Art Institute with John Ronan, Robert Somol, Elizabeth Smith, Sarah Whiting, Zoë Ryan and Alison Fisher, Adrian Smith interviewed by Bill Kurtis, the Richard Driehaus Preservation Awards, MAS Context: Analog with everyone from Sarah Dunn, to Cheryl Towler Weese to Jason Pickleman, Lee Bey, Strawn and Sierralta and a dozen others, the extraordinary openhouseChicago giving you entry to a hundred-plus great sites, as well a murder mystery at the Driehaus Museum/Nickerson Mansion, and Edgar Allen Poe readings and ghost sightings at Glessner House for Halloween.

What are we up to?  A couple dozen? Well, we've got nearly eighty of 'em.  Check out the full October 2011 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events and fill out your dance card.

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